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What is the difference between first and second-degree murder?

You may think that a murder is a murder and the person who committed the murder should face the harshest penalties for that act. However, the law has determined the facets of a murder based on its circumstances. These circumstances take into account things like intention and how the act was committed, then give it a designation based on a level of degrees which can range from first-degree to second-degree and may even include third-degree.  

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